I updated to the newest version for the sake of one goddamn tag that version 1.2 didn’t support. Took me forever. But now the date (in the itty bitty drabgreenish square) only shows up once per day.
In the process of all of this, I uglified my comments links. So I came out even in the end. Conclusion: waste of my time. Meh, what else would I have been doing?